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Fishing at Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake offers some excellent fishing opportunities. The most notable species to fish for is the rainbow trout. Trout are typically stocked by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department during late fall into the Guadalupe River below the Canyon Lake Dam. The Guadalupe River is the southernmost fishery for trout in the United States. Another notable species anglers can come across while fishing the Guadalupe is the Guadalupe bass. This type of black bass give a good fight as expected from the state fish of Texas.

On Canyon Lake itself, there are many types of fish that can be found. Stripers, white bass and catfish are the most sought after, but largemouth bass and sunfish are popular fish types that can be found.

Please note that a valid state fishing license is required to fish at Canyon Lake.

For more information on fish at Canyon Lake, lake records and fishing reports and other state programs, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.

Fish Docks & Piers

Fishing is allow along most of the shoreline excluding off of the dam, boat ramps, courtesty docks, in designated swim beaches, or other places that are posted as prohibitive. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides 3 locations that are designated for fishing:

  • Potters Creek Park Dock
    - located near the free use boat ramp west of Potters Creek Park Campground
  • Cranes Mill Park Fishing Dock
    - free to use fishing dock located outside and next to the Cranes Mill Park Campground
  • Cranes Mill Campground Pier
    - located at the northern end of Cranes Mill Park and reserved for campers

For those looking to fish the Guadalupe River, there is an ADA accessible concrete fishing pier below the Canyon dam, near the power plant outlet. This is has also historically been one of the trout stocking locations.

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